Refund Policy

1.   Purpose

This policy provides information for and sets out the procedures for processing refunds.

2.   Introduction

The Association of Business Executives Limited (Abe) is an awarding body regulated by Ofqual, the qualifications regulator for England and Northern Ireland. ABE is committed to high levels of quality assurance and polices are open, transparent and free from bias.

Where required as a result of overpayment or request to cancel a purchase that has been paid for, a refund to the learner or college may be required.

In some instances, the refund may, with the payer’s agreement, be credited to the payer’s account and not physically returned.

3.   Overview

The following circumstances are included where a refund may be required. However, this is not exhaustive and other circumstances where refunds are required may arise.

Overpayment

- Where there has been an overpayment for services requested as a result of the incorrect value being paid.

Double payment processing (effective overpayment)

- Where any single order is processed more than once as a result of duplicate application forms being received.

Cancellation

- Where the correct value was paid, and within the permitted time the payer requests a cancellation.

Requests for refunds must be received by ABE via letter or email, from the ABE member.

Refunds are only payable to the ABE member.

If the payment was made by a third party, authorisation from the third party may be required.

Third parties cannot request a refund.

4.   Product Specific Refunds Policy

  • Registration Fees – Refundable, if requested within fourteen days, less £10 administration fee.
  • Subscription Fees – Non-refundable.
  • Exam Fees – Refundable, if refund is requested within fourteen days, the fee is refundable less £10 administration fee.
  • Return of products sales (CD’s, Study Manuals) – Study Manuals are refundable, if they are returned in a resalable condition and if a refund is requested within fourteen days, the fee is refundable less £10 administration fee. The sender will be responsible for the postage cost to return the items. CD’s are non-refundable if they have been opened.
  • PDF of Study Manuals – Non-refundable.
  • Accreditation Fees – Refundable up to full accreditation being processed and prior to the formal accreditation visit, less 10% administration fee. If refund is requested after the formal accreditation visit, the fee is refundable less the 10% administration fee and the costs incurred to ABE for the formal accreditation visit.

5.   Refund Processing Fees

In addition to the administration fee listed above, all bank charges are deducted from the refund amount being paid.

6.   Mechanisms for Processing Refunds

As far as possible the same method of payment that was used to receive the funds will be used to process a refund. The refund will be paid to the ABE member even if the original payment was paid on behalf of the member by a third party.

- Debit card or Credit Card refunds

For all debit card or credit card payments the same mechanism is used to process the refund. The refund will be paid to the payer’s credit or debit card, providing the card is still valid.

- Western Union refunds

International payments are processed to the payer’s bank account using Western Union to process the payment. This is the lowest cost method of payment available to ABE to process international payments to a bank account.

- BACS payments

Local UK refund payments are processed by BACS payment to the payer’s bank account.

- Crediting payers account with funds that can be used for another service

Where requested it is possible to credit the payers ABE account for use at a later date for ABE services. Balances held on credit can be requested for refund at any point, and are permanently available.

To request a refund, please email the finance team: Finance@abeuk.com. Remember to quote your membership number and full name.